Luz Maida, a 3-year-old girl, was allegedly sold by her mother, Aurelia Salinas, to her drug-dealer boyfriend for 30 pieces of crack cocaine, worth about $12.
Who is Luz Maida?
The little girl was pushed into the arms of a strange man in the middle of the night, which was captured on CCTV in Pedro Juan Caballero, Paraguay.
The CCTV footage shows the man trekking down a dirty path with Luz slung over his shoulder, wearing a blue dress emblazoned with Disney’s “Frozen” characters. He can be seen slapping her to stop her from fidgeting.
Just over 24 hours later, Luz’s body was found by horrified neighbors inside an abandoned house.
Her corpse was found covered in a shirt and placed on top of a bed after the dealer reportedly raped and murdered her. Initial reports suggest that the 3-year-old was suffocated.
Salinas initially told the police that Luz had disappeared in her sleep. However, after the CCTV footage was discovered, she admitted to selling her daughter for crack cocaine.
The 42-year-old was arrested along with her boyfriend and another 17-year-old who is also believed to be involved.
Cops have allegedly said that Salinas was under the influence of drugs and seemed unbothered about her daughter’s whereabouts while they searched for her.